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, outgoing defense secretary leon panetta and general martin dempsey, testify about the benghazi, libya attack. and then a discussion on the federal response to soldiers with post dramatic stress disorder. and later, president obama and congressional leaders speak at the fellowship foundation's prayer breakfast. testified about the attack thon u.s. consulate in benghazi, libarch that killed ambassador stevens and three other americans. the pentagon never received the request from the state academy for security, and did not have the resources to get support on the ground in time to thwart the attackers. leon panetta is stepping down. this hearing is four hours and 15 minutes. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> good morning, everybody. today the committee welcomes secretary of defense, leon panetta, and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, general martin dempsey. to testify about the department of defense's response the deadly terrorist attack on the u.s. temporary mission facility in benghazi, libya, last year. and the findings of its internal review following t
panetta. you're in a unique position. the committee, as you know, considering nominee to be your successor. senator hagel. later today i'm going to be talking to john brennan. can you give a brief assessment of the two gentle and the capability and the readiness to assume the positions? >> yes, certainly. obviously that's something that the committees now have the opportunity evaluate. but in my view, both of them are outstanding individuals that have a great deal of experience and capability to be able to perform in an outstanding fashion in each of their jobs. senator hagel is someone who, you know, served in the military, worked up here on the hill. understand the issues that are involve there had. i think can be a very effective leader at the pentagon. john brennan is somebody i worked with the at the director of cia and continued to work with in this capacity. i found him to be responsible about how we can effectively conduct operations again al qaeda and against those that would attack this country. he is -- as somebody said, a straight shooter. somebody who, you know, gives you his
history tv. defense secretary leon panetta spoke honoring former secretary of state hillary clinton. he credited her with inspiring the decision to expand the role of women soldiers in combat. chairman martin dempsey and hillary clinton also spoke. this is 40 minutes. ♪ ♪ ♪ [national anthem] ♪ ♪ [national anthem] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> please be seated. ladies and gentlemen, the 18th chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, general martin dempsey. [applause] >> secretaries, those dedicated civilian officers and our guests today from the department of state, happy valentine's day. you know, laura martyrdoms says that saint valentine was actually martyred because he was marrying soldiers who were forbidden to marry. by the roman law the day. he was a man who loved soldiers and servicemen and women. and it is fitting in that regard that we are here to honor our recent and great secretary of state, hillary rodham clinton, who herself has been an enormous champion of military servicemen and women and their families. it is my privilege to honor one of our nation's most dedicated public se
. cornyn: mr. president, to my knowledge, we do have a secretary of defense and his name is leon panetta. and it's my understanding that mr. panetta's going to stay on the job, a job that he's done very well as secretary of defense and as c.i.a. director for the last several years. the majority leader knows full well that the reason why cloture was denied or the debate -- closing off debate was denied is because there are reasonable requests being made on this side for additional information, and i hope and trust that that information will be provided here in the next few days and when we come back from the recess, we'll have another vote and another opportunity for senators to express themselves. but this is not any attempt to kill this nomination. this is not a filibuster. i realize that's the headline that the majority leader would like the newspapers to write. we actually had some very reasonable discussions going on earlier today among senators on the democratic side and republican side to try to work this out. given the fact that this nomination has just so recently been reported f
of my heart. we welcome an opportunity to describe the syntax. secretary panetta and i had of the situation. and as we do, will provide to this committee as complete information as we have, organized anyway you want. and today is a start in that regard. the problem comments into tears. the first is that sequestration, which is scheduled to kick in in just two weeks time requires us to subtract from our budget for the remainder of fiscal year 13, $46 billion. and as the chairman indicated, to do it in a way -- the worst way managerial econ and namely to take equal shares or proportionate share summation every part of the budget, which is obviously not what you so in the near term, what you have this here, in the next few months, it's a true crisis in military readiness. if the caps imposed that accompany sequester our continued for the next 10 years, as is the plan in the budget control act, we were going to have to change our national defense strategy. those cuts are too large, too sustained for us to implement the strategy that we crafted under the president's guidance jus
heart. we welcome an opportunity to describe these impacts. secretary panetta and i have been using the word devastating for sixteen months now. and i testified last august to the consequences of sequestration if it was to occur. now it's at the door. you, who know us, who understand us, and know national security inside and out by virtue of your service on this committee are critical because i'm hoping when we describe what the consequences of these things are for national defense as we see and give you the information that you need that you can in communicate to your colleagues and the congress, than we can move in the distribution of the comprehensive solution to both of the problems that you referenced. to senator inhofe, absolutely we will provide that information. we're still, and we will be continue to for some months working through the man gearial consequences of this situation. and as we do, we'll provide to this committee as complete of information as we have organized in any way you want. in today's -- i'll start in that regard. the problem comes in two-tiers. the first
and panetta that the most attention was the pivot one thing that wasn't so well noted was the idea of nation-building that they show the size its forces for long scale operations which means no more iraq and afghanistan. when you do your scenarios and calculations the small stuff is the special forces. is setting up a special specialist and that is what the army is doing now. there is something in western california called the national training center with massive tank battles in iraq and afghanistan have direct did mock villages and they have exiles, somebody would be an insurgent and they play these useful and creative games but now it is called full spectrum operation at the national training center for the first time they fired artillery shells but also a humanitarian assistance and sings with the village so they train for everything and also the best way to cut money cheaply and quickly is by cutting manpower it would take five years to build the aircraft carrier in the first year really spent 5% of the budget know you actually cut a couple hundred million but a guy who gives up 100,000
lasted a lot a year but leon panetta and i know he's one of your neighbors in california she was captured by the operation mentality of the cia before he'd been in the building more than a month this was a national security team obama also was by the military that's how you got the surge of the forces i think he realizes he had by the military and that is important and one of the reasons why i'm a little more optimistic about a second term he's a wise man and foreign policy and if the end of the war and iraq keas meander into words and the the war afghanistan and he's allowing the pentagon and you have to remember when you're looking at the pentagon you are looking at an institution that has defined motor skills and a dinosaur. if you take the pentagon a long time to put something together all but obama has to do and i know it isn't this simple but i would look at the gorbachev experience. he came out of 1985 he gave the secret speech in 1986 denouncing afghanistan to his fellow bureau colleagues as a bleeding wound he had the moxie secretly tell shultz we were getting out that the milita
, secretary panetta, who is going to be leaving his job in less than two hours, chairman of the joint chiefs martin dempsey, and others have already testified regarding the athat can claimed four -- the attack that claimed four american lives. chuck hagel had nothing to do with the attack in benghazi. the administration hasn't been forthcoming is outlandish. there are serious consequences to this delay. consequences that are occurring right now. the president is making some important decisions about afghanistan. he announced to the world just a day or two ago that 34,000 troops will be coming home during the next year from afghanistan. we're negotiating with the afghan government regarding how we'll support them beyond 2014. negotiations are going on right now. i heard today from former senator john kerry that he's headed for the middle east. why? syria. that's something else that the secretary of defense has to be concerned about. next week while we're on recess, while we're on recess, they're having a nato defense ministers meeting. they'll be in brussels? what to do? to coordinate ou our
not with us involved. president obama and secretary panetta and the joint chiefs of staff in their strategy reviewne oftt a year ago which is the mot attention to that was the pivote from europe to the pacific, one thing in that review that wasn't so well noted was the idea that it's kind of an end of nation building. he said the army and marines shall not size its forces for large-scale, prolonged stability operations which translated to english is like no more iraqs and afghanistans. not just no more iraqs and afghanistans, but when you do your scenarios, when you crank your calculations to figure out how many troops you need, thiss is not even the kind of scenario that should enter into the calculation. and as you say, the small stuff is mainly special forces. some people, including john nogle, have proposed setting up a special advise and assist, you know, soldiers who would be specialists in being advisers to overseas armies. and i think that is what a lot of the army is doing now.h they find it -- but they're kind of in a pickle. they don't know, they don't know what to do. as you mig
panetta said it would be irresponsible for the congress to allow it to happen. many of us agree, it must be avoided. but apart from that challenge in the next month, or series of months, the long-term outlook for the department of defense is that it must do more with less, and secretary hagel, if he is confirmed, will have that management task, and he is one of the people in this country who is almost uniquely qualified to carry it out. and i believe that he will with great distinction. he will take care of our men and women in uniform and strengthen our national defense, he will do what he thinks is right even if it's not popular, and he is, finally, as everyone has said, a good and decent man. i thank in particular senator mccain for his very compelling and telling comment during our consideration before the vote in the armed services committee. he said -- and i agree -- no one should impugn chuck hagel's character. he's a person of integrity and character. and i believe that he will have the respect at all levels of our defense, men and women who serve and sacrifice every day, men and
secretary of defense. and i have to say, sitting there this week with secretary panetta, a man who i served with come in and i am proud to have voted for, i was proud to vote for him at the beginning of his term as secretary of defense come in here at the end of the term, i'm just as proud. mr. chairman, i would be delighted and eager to vote for you for confirmation for secretary of defense. i would do that without hesitation. i would've voted for senator warner, senator nunn. clearly senator hagel brought the right people with him, but we need the right secretary of defense, and chuck hagel is not the right secretary of defense for this time. we need a secretary of defense who can stand before the world and articulate that we reject a policy of containment of a nuclear iran. we need a secretary of defense that can stand before the world and be clear in making the point that the iranian government is not a legitimately constituted government. when senator hagel made the misstatement about the legitimacy of the iranian government, senator gillibrand had to come back later, explained to him,
security. it's important to note that secretary panetta has made clear that allowing these sweeping cuts to go into effect would be -- quote -- "devastateing -- devastating in his words and would badly damage the readiness of the united states military. the fact is defense has already taken a huge reduction in future spending. the defense budget has been cut and is slated to be cut by $460 billion over ten years, and that is before sequestration. when this number is added to the defense cuts scheduled to begin on march 1, we are looking at an enormous impact on the -- our national security. now, it's important to recognize that we're not saying that the national debt is not a problem. certainly, when you have a $16.4 trillion debt, that is not sustainable, and the national debt is a security concern in its own right. just last year, in 2012, the federal government spent $223 billion in interest payments alone. that means we're spending more on interest on the national debt each month than we spend in an entire year on naval shipbuilding and the coast guard budget. just think about that.
panetta held what could be his final press conference as head of the pentagon. he announced the creation of a military award called the distinguished warfare metal. the secretary also talked about north korea's nuclear program. the troop drawdown in afghanistan and the series of automatic spending cuts called sequestration. secretary panetta will retire pending the confirmation of defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. [laughter] >> you are on your own, kid. >> good afternoon. as you know, this is i believe my final press conference here at the pentagon briefing room. there are moments when i thought i was part of the last act of an italian opera and i'm not sure exactly when it would end. i think that the congress will act, and that they will confirm chuck hagel this week. what i wanted to do was come down and use this opportunity to first of all thank you all, all of you that are part of the press corps here and the press in general. throughout my 50 years in public service, i have always believed, believed very deeply in the role of the press. because i believe deeply in the role of t
defense budget. just last week secretary panetta announced the indefinite array of a a deployment in the middle east in development that was a darkly welcomed by the regime in tehran and egypt despite all the best hopes of the arab spring president morsi and the muslim brotherhood government has shown hostility toward the opposition groups and have taken an increasing bellicose tone towards our ally in israel. these developments require us to think long and hard as we will be sharing with them the controversial f-16 transfers and frankly i didn't agree with that but it's a tough area and i think if you look through that area, general austin you have iran and it maintains a determined to acquire nuclear weapons capability. it's been going on for a long time and we found our intelligence -- about the capability but they have developed so far. it's serious. and iraq are premature withdrawal has contributed to to a deteriorating situation and allowed al qaeda to establish a foothold in syria and assad's rain and brutality is claiming the lives of over 60,000 syrians and risks spilling
of women and leon panetta thought today's leader there are radical changes and things done for women of the military and a could have been done years ago so it really was marvelous, and then the documentary, great what they did for nutrition. so we should do is have a documentary but don't leave that to the media to present it to the people and make it transparent to the public, right? minn get free. make it that way and make it known and make not just one but a series of documentaries. >> when i was pressing for the side of the syllabus and now an assignment. >> i am doing to you what you said 50 years ago they did to the newspaper people. go out and do it. take as long as you have to be this and i have a whole series of questions i didn't get to ask what may be in a documentary. and you already have a microphone. >> but a series of documentaries. >> let me add one other thing and it's a belated idea and i think as much as what you said. how about if we have network television set aside in prime time 25% has to be done by an independent producer so that you're not producing your own
, different than what our secretary of defense panetta has said now, that he felt that the pentagon was bloated and needed to be teardown. during your hearing he said that those are statements he made prior to the budget control act being passed, but that was not the case and that was later corrected. in terms of shipping the pentagon, i certainly don't think that we want to be in a position of thinking, especially in light of the testimony we heard this morning, the pentagon is bloated bodies to be pared down. all of us agree that there are things that we could do better in the pentagon, and i know that many of us have worked on things that we could do better and more efficient in the pentagon, but sequestration is not the answer to that. finally, you know, hours ago, as senator reed mentioned, the north koreans had detonated a nuclear device. yet a year ago the senator was a signatory toward a report that essentially would eliminate a portion of our nuclear triad. we have three legs our nuclear triad, and he was a signatory for report that recommended that that be a manner in whic
in the midst of the declining defense budget and just last week secretary panetta announced the indefinite delay of carrier stryker the deployment in the middle east development of was undoubtedly welcome by the regime in tehran. in egypt despite the best hopes, the president morsi and the brotherhood have shown a trip and hostility towards the opposition groups and the minorities have taken an increasing tone to our ally israel and these developments require as to think long and hard over what assets we are going to be sharing with them, the controversy will f-16 transfers. but it's a tough area and i think if you look through that area, and general austin you know that iran maintains determined to acquire nuclear weapons capability that's been going on for a long time we found that our intelligence has really behind the curve so far. it's serious. it's big stuff over there. in iraq for premature withdrawal tester ackley contributed to the deteriorating said chicken to the two securities attrition and allowed al qaeda to establish a foothold in syria. the brutality has now claimed the li
. we have more live programming to tell you about on the program today. defense secretary leon panetta will be honored having observed a steady improvement in the opportunity and well-being of our citizens, i can report to you that the state is old but the union as good. >> once again, keeping with the time honored tradition i've come to report to you on the state of the union and i am pleased to report that america is much improved and there is good reason to believe that improvement will continue. >> my duty tonight is to report on the state of the union. >> not the state of the government, but of our american community and to set forth our responsibilities in the words of our founders to form a more perfect union. the state of the union is strong. >> as we gather tonight, our nation is at war, our economy is in recession and the civilized world faces unprecedented dangers, yet the state of the union has never been stronger. >> it is because of our people that our future is hopeful an hour journey goes forward and the state of our union is strong first lady helen taft on discussing p
in about 20 minutes at 11 a.m. eastern. in the meantime, wednesday defense secretary leon panetta told what could be his final press conference as head of the defense department in opening remarks he thanked the pentagon press corps for an award called the distinguished medal. he also addressed north korea's's nuclear program and the troops withdraw and afghanistan and sequestration. >> as you know, this is i believe my final press conference here at the pentagon briefing room. there are moments when i thought it was the last act of an italian opera. i'm not sure exactly when it would end and the fat lady would sing. but i think that the congress will act and they will confirm chuck hagel this week. so what i wanted to do is to use this opportunity to first of all thank you all, all of you that are part of the press corps here and the press in general. throughout my 50 years in public service, i have always believed very deeply in the role of the press. because i believe deeply in the role of the american people in our democracy, the information is the key to an informed electorate. while w
, at his final appearance before our committee as secretary of defense, secretary panetta warned us of a -- quote -- readiness crisis that would impair our forces' ability to respond to crises. sequestration will also prevent investments needed to protect us in emerging areas of concern such as cybersecurity. it will threaten our ability to keep faith with the most important national security asset that we possess, the men and women of our military and their families. and secretary panetta has pointed out that sequestration's ills will not be limited to defense. in a speech last week, he said -- quote -- "it's not just defense, it's education, loss of teachers. it's childcare. it's about health care. 700,000 women and children will no longer receive nutritional assistance. it's about food safety, he said, it's about law enforcement, it's about airport safety. so today we're introducing the cut loopholes act to protect those and other important priorities. over the last 50 years, federal revenues have averaged approximately 18% of g.d.p. over that time, our budget has been balanced
. sequestration is arbitrary and irrational. and will not only weaken our security, but as secretary panetta said, quote, it's not just defense, it's education, loss of teachers, food safety, child care, law enforcement, airport safety. if sequestration and year-long continuing resolution go in to effect, the impact on the department of the deference will be -- defense will be devastating. for example, the army requested 36.6 billion dollars in the 2013 budget. but under the continuing resolution rules, it gets only the fy2012 amount of $30.6 billion. sequestration would cut an additional $6 billion. because the army has already spent $16 billion it would only have $8 billion left to get through the rest of the fiscal year, and more over, unexpectly high operational demands that require as much as $6 billion of the remaining funds be spent on overseas operation leaving the army with only $2 billion for domestic operation and maintenance during the next seven months. it is budgeted for $20 billion. so it would have 10% of what it needs for o and m during the next seven months if the year-long sequ
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